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Wilmington man charged with nine recent armed robberies

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Erik Huggins (Source: Wilmington Police Department) Erik Huggins (Source: Wilmington Police Department)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Officers with the Wilmington Police Department arrested a man early Monday morning for an armed robbery of a taxi driver. Turns out the suspect is wanted for a string of other crimes.

According to the police department, Eric Greyson Huggins, 29, is the suspect in a total of nine armed robberies. All but one of the incidents involved stores in the area.

Police said the first robbery happened last Wednesday.

This is not Huggins first time facing charges for robbery, according to Wake County court records and the Department of Corrections.

He has two current cases on-going in Wake County, according to court staff. One involves robbery with a dangerous weapon and another about assault on a female.

Before both of these incidents, Huggins was convicted and served time for larceny in 2011, according to the state's DOI.

Huggins is being held on a million dollar bond. Police say Huggins' alleged string of crimes started at the Exxon S&E #4 convenience store on Oleander Drive after 3 a.m. Police say Huggins wore a mask and carried a large butcher knife when he came in and demanded money.

Huggins is also wanted in connection with the following incidents:

3/01/2013 - 10:21 p.m. - Staybridge Suites, 5010 New Centre Drive

3/02/2013 – 10:31 p.m. – Scotchman, 4101 Masonboro Loop Road

3/03/2013 – 2:25 a.m. – Kangaroo, 6648 Gordon Road

3/03/2013 – 6:17 a.m. – CVS, 2302 S. 17th Street  

3/03/2013 – 10:35 a.m. – Scotchman, 5200 Wrightsville Avenue

3/03/ 2013 – 2:32 p.m. – Sprint, 4401 Oleander Drive

3/03/2013 - 5:25 p.m. - Hampton Inn 2320 S. 17th Street

Police say witness descriptions were similar in all the crimes.

Officers spread out in the areas north and south of the Wrightsville Avenue and Oleander areas Sunday night and into the morning. After a call came in for a robbery this morning, a WPD K-9 officer spotted a car and started following it. They caught up with the driver, Huggins, and took him into custody.

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